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2007 Krupp Brothers Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyard

Appealing nose with aromas of red currant, cocoa, black olive and cedar. This wine attacks the palate with a lively entry filled with flavors of red raspberry, spicy plum, creamy cocoa and hazelnut. Medium bodied with a well structured mid-palate. The tannins are soft yet persistent and polished, which makes for a concentrated wine with a long and pleasant finish.

Harvested: September 8, 2007
Blend: 75% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation: 5 days cold soak and 20 days on skins
Cooperage: French Oak–Taransaud, Bossuet & Sylvan
Barrel Aging: 22 months–75% new oak
Release Date: October 1, 2011
Vineyard: Stagecoach Block(s): D4, L1, A4, and D5
Soil: Extremely rocky, red soil
Exposure: Gentle south facing
Elevation: 1,550 ft above sea level
Production: 540 cases
Rating: 91 points, WINE SPECTATOR

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INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR - 2007 Krupp Brothers Merlot

"Medium red. Aromas of cassis, plum, mocha and milk chocolate, plus a hint of tarry oak. Juicy and penetrating, with nicely delineated flavors of redcurrant and spicy oak. Serious merlot with restrained sweetness and firm tannic support. Little sign of the 15.4% alcohol on the persistent, slightly dusty finish."—ST

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2007 Krupp Brothers Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyard
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WINE SPECTATOR - 2007 Krupp Brothers Merlot

"Dense and a bit racy, showing polished black cherry and spicy oak aromas, with layered currant, espresso and dusty cedar flavors that finish with firm tannins. Best from 2013 through 2017. 525 cases made." –TF

Wine Spectator
2007 Krupp Brothers Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyard
91